Julia Batchelor-SmithSenior Associate
A specialist property disputes resolution lawyer, Julia provides expert legal advice and dispute resolution services in all aspects of construction and commercial property. She advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious aspects of construction and commercial property matters - including construction contracts, acquisitions, divestments, leasing issues, due diligence, joint venture development arrangements and adjudication disputes under the Construction Contracts Act 2002.
Julia has particular expertise in weathertightness issues. She represents the full spectrum of affected parties (including body corporates and owners, developers, builders and contractors) in mediations, Court and the Weathertight Homes Tribunal.
A significant case Julia represented in the High Court was Redhill Development (NZ) Ltd & Ors v Green & Anor, concerning the developer's lodgment of a payment schedule outside the time limit prescribed under the Construction Contracts Act 2002. Julia's long-standing clients include Bostik New Zealand Limited and the Home Owners and Buyer Association of New Zealand (HOBANZ), which she actively supports.
Areas of Practice
- Commercial Law
- Commercial Litigation
- Property Law
- Real Estate
Member of the Society of Construction Law
Member of the Auckland Womens Lawyers Association
Member of the Property Council of New Zealand
Balancing Work and Life: A Practical Guide for Lawyers, Lexis Nexis, 2014
Betterment - A Balancing Act, NZ Lawyer Magazine, 2010
Professional Activities and Experience
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, New Zealand (2009 - present)
Lovells LLP, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2006 - 2009)
Goldman Sachs JBWere, New Zealand (2005 - 2006)
Bell Gully, New Zealand (2003 - 2005)
LLB, University of Auckland, 2003
BA, University of Auckland, 2003